TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 13 of the 2020 regular season on Tuesday, with San Diego Loyal SC’s Rubio Rubin named Player of the Week after recording a hat trick in his side’s 3-2 victory on the road against Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday night.
Previously selected seven times for the U.S. Men’s National Team, Rubin joined SD Loyal in August to help bolster the club’s attack in its pursuit of a place in the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs. Rubin struck three times in the first half against Rising FC as San Diego handed Phoenix its first loss of the season at Casino Arizona Field.
Rubin earned 53 percent of the ballot for his performance. Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster finished second with 29 percent of the vote after recording three goals and one assist across two victories for LouCity that also saw the 2018 Golden Boot winner reach 50 regular season goals in the Championship for his career.
The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship.
GK – Abraham Romero, LA Galaxy II: Romero recorded eight saves, made two punched clearances and one high claim to help keep Los Dos in the game as it rallied for a 3-2 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC last Tuesday night.
D – Forrest Lasso, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Lasso scored once, recorded three interceptions and five clearances, and won 5 of 8 duels and 4 of 4 aerial duels in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory against Atlanta United 2.
D – Alex Crognale, Birmingham Legion FC: Crognale scored twice and helped Legion FC hold Miami FC to only two shots on target as he recorded six clearances defensively in Birmingham’s 4-0 road victory last Wednesday night.
D – Sam Fink, Saint Louis FC: Fink scored a crucial game-winning goal in stoppage time to add to an earlier assist as Saint Louis kept its postseason hopes alive with a 3-2 victory against Sporting Kansas City II on Saturday night.
D – Aaron Maund, Charlotte Independence: Maund scored the lone goal of the game, won 6 of 8 duels and 5 of 7 aerial duels, made 11 clearances and completed 35 of 43 passes as the Independence defeated North Carolina FC.
M – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Ownby recorded one goal and two assists across two wins, completing 41 of 49 passes and 3 of 5 dribbles and recording six chances created as LouCity defeated Indy Eleven and Memphis 901 FC.
M – Jorge Gonzalez, Portland Timbers 2: Gonzalez recorded two goals and one assist across two games, completing 50 of 60 passes overall and recording five chances created as T2 defeat Real Monarchs SLC before falling to Reno 1868 FC.
M – Christiano Francois, Reno 1868 FC: Francois scored twice in Reno’s 5-2 victory against the Portland Timbers 2 on Sunday, and across two wins for 1868 FC against Tacoma Defiance and the Portland Timbers 2 over the week completed 34 of 41 passes and recorded five chances created.
F – Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC: Lancaster recorded three goals and one assist across two victories against Indy Eleven and Memphis 901 FC, and in the process reached 50 regular season goals in the Championship for his career.
F – Rubio Rubin, San Diego Loyal SC: Rubin scored a first-half hat trick for SD Loyal as it took a 3-2 victory against Phoenix Rising FC for its third win in a row, keeping the club’s hopes of a playoff berth in its inaugural season alive.
F – Alex Dixon, Hartford Athletic: Dixon scored three goals across two victories against the New York Red Bulls II and Philadelphia Union II that saw the Athletic clinch a trip to the playoffs in its second season.
Bench: Matt Cardone (SA), Younes Boudadi (RNO), Marcus Epps (POR), Augustine Williams (LA), Neco Brett (BHM), Jordan Perruzza (SA), Junior Flemmings (PHX)